2016 – Looking Forward

Besides marking our one-year move to a storefront office space on SE Belmont, we celebrate our 20 years of service, growth and teamwork.

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2012 – Creating a Brand

When one recognizable brand invites you to their table, you start to think, maybe you’ve achieved your own, if somewhat more modest, brand.

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Home Remodeling Portland OR

2011 – Entering the Atomic Age

Featured on the 2011 Architectural Heritage Tour, our preservation work on this 1950s kitchen was significant for us on several levels.  It was our first client who had such a personal connection to the building’s construction.  The mother of one of the owner’s had designed the entire home, including Japanese-influenced kitchen cabinets, which were hand built.  We were tasked […]

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2007 – Getting to Wow

We’ve had the privilege of working on some great historic houses, and this 1905 Emil Schact house has been one of the most significant.  The Tudor-influenced Craftsman (which we affectionately dubbed the “Wow House”) demanded the expertise we had acquired over the years, as we restored the interior to its original condition, employing the same […]

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2006 – Making the Cover

Back in Wade’s youth, when his peers dreamed of being on the cover of the Rolling Stone, he imagined his work featured in American Bungalow Magazine.  In 2006, he made it, when an article was published on the historic restoration of an iconic Emil Schact house.  Built in 1906, the impressive home tested our skills in historic restoration and […]

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2005 – A Plan to Support our Vision

Building a business has a lot to do with the connections you make and recruiting the expertise of others.  At a critical point, we turned to Business Networks to help us become a more professional company, developing the best solutions to support our growing client list and expanding team.   Among those innovations was the evolution of our distinctive standardized […]

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2004 – Leaving the Nest

Moving to our offices at 1235 SE Division Street, was a big deal. Now that we were no longer stuck in Wade’s attic, we had room to expand our design team – and expertise – with the addition of a kitchen and bath designer and a design assistant, both certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association.  Years […]

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2002 – We Know How to Pick ‘Em

We’re  pretty proud of our choice in employees, especially when they return to us for their own remodels.  Heather was our first office employee. Starting in 2002, she worked as design assistant, office manager, and project manager, and was indispensable to our start-up, that is until she left to begin a start-up of her own – managing […]

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2000 – Discovering Architectural Treasure

Our relationship with the American Heritage Center takes off.  Like so many who treasure Portland and its historic buildings, we have benefitted tremendously from the AHC.  Besides furthering our company’s knowledge of Portland’s housing stock and architectural styles, this invaluable resource provided exposure for Craftsman Design’s expertise, introducing us to some of our most beloved clients and projects (see milestones […]

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1996 – It All Starts at Home

Wade had always been interested in older homes and their histories.  In 1994, he finally was in the position to purchase a home of his own.  The 1906 fixer became not only Wade’s first experience with home-ownership, but as a general contractor as well.  Frustrated with the quality of work and poor communication he encountered, Wade fired his contractor […]

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